The BJP is deliberately creating an “Emergency-like situation” as it is staring at a defeat in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, the NCP alleged on Thursday, as it attacked the ruling party over the violence in West Bengal.
The BJP hit back promptly, accusing the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal of creating the “Emergency-like situation” there, by resorting to “repressive” measures.
Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil accused the BJP of sponsoring the violence in West Bengal and said it “won’t be a surprise” if the saffron party declared Emergency formally.
The former state minister alleged that as is the history, the “BJP carries out riots to win elections”.
“Different evidences prove that the West Bengal violence was BJP-sponsored. The BJP workers can clearly be seen in a video as desecrating the statue of Pundit Vidyasagar,” he said in a tweet in Marathi.
“The BJP is deliberately creating an Emergency-like situation as it is staring at its defeat. It won’t be a surprise if the BJP formally declares Emergency in times to come,” Patil said in another tweet.
However, state BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhye refuted the charges, saying his party contested the polls peacefully across the country.
He held the TMC responsible for the violence in West Bengal.
“The violence on part of Mamata Banerjee’s TMC shows her party has sensed its defeat there and hence, is resorting to such violence. The BJP believes in democracy,” he added.
Supporters of the BJP and TMC on Tuesday fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a massive road show by Amit Shah, who escaped unhurt but was forced to cut short the jamboree and had to be escorted to safety by the police.
Parts of the city plunged into a welter of violence as his convoy was attacked with stones by alleged TMC supporters from inside the hostel of Vidyasagar College, triggering a clash between supporters of the two parties.
The statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, 19th-century educationist and social reformer, was also vandalised during the violence.